Wellness encompasses so many dimensions of our lives. As this graphic from SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) illustrates, those dimensions are interrelated: when we face challenges in one or more of these, it affects most of the others.
To learn more about this approach to wellness, visit this site and download the “Wellness in the Eight Dimensions” booklet. You can also explore many other helpful resources there. (Swarbrick, M., & Yudof, J., 2015. Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey Inc.)
What is Recovery?
Recovery is a process of change. In recovery, individuals strive to improve their health and wellness and guide their own lives to reach their full potential. For many years, mental illness and substance use disorders had different definitions of recovery. Today, as we provide comprehensive behavioral health services that address both areas, it has been essential to develop a common, unified working definition of recovery.
The Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a working definition and set of principles for recovery. Health, home, purpose and community are the four major dimensions that support a life in recovery. To read more, click here to access SAMHSA’s Working Definition of Recovery brochure.